Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What's Tuesday without a Teaser?

What’s Tuesday without a teaser to whet your appetite? Just another weekday, so take a minute to enjoy A Taste of Tragedy, the second suspense novel in the Risky Research Series.
Morgan woke to pitch black. Not only were her hands and ankles bound, and her mouth taped shut, but she was also cocooned in a thick wool blanket. The bouncing told her she was in a vehicle, but she was clearly no longer in the back of her car.
Fear coursed through her veins as she struggled to understand where she was and what had happened. She wanted to take a deep breath to help calm her nerves, but with one nostril filled with dried blood and her mouth taped, it was difficult to breathe at all.
Forcing herself not to panic, she sucked in tiny bursts of air through her one open nostril until she was confident she wouldn’t suffocate. She wiggled her toes and fingers to try and get the blood flowing and the tingling to subside.
As the fog slowly cleared from her mind, she wondered how long she had been out. The last thing she remembered was trying to stand and keep her balance, so that she wouldn’t fall on the floor of that filthy warehouse. Now, she was here, but where was here?
Morgan tried to unroll herself from the constricting blanket, but soon bumped into a cardboard box. Despite the aches and pains emanating throughout her body, she bounced her body back toward her starting place, trying not to rewrap herself in the blanket, which would negate any progress. She unrolled herself again and repeated the process until she was free from the blanket.
Her body throbbed nearly everywhere, but being free of the wrap felt liberating. She wasn’t sure what to do next. She didn’t know if the driver of the vehicle was working with the woman who abducted her, or if he or she would be surprised to find her in his or her truck.
Morgan wasn’t sure how long she lay there in the dark when the truck finally slowed. She listened to the loud staccato noise of its Jake brake, and eventually the rig came to a stop. It was now or never. When the truck got back on the road, the driver would not be able to hear her.
She scooted around until her back was braced solidly against a large cardboard box. Once the truck motor silenced and she heard the door slam shut, Morgan kicked at the back door with all her might.
After several moments, she heard the lock and then the latch being opened. Light flooded the interior, blinding her. As her eyes adjusted, she found herself staring into the startled eyes of a man in a faded t-shirt.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day Roots and Appreciation

Memorial Day was originally known at Decoration Day. The roots of this holiday go back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War. It was traditionally recognized on May 30. In 1882 the name was changed to Memorial Day, and in 1971, Congress change the date to the last Monday in May to provide for a three day holiday weekend.

The observance of Memorial Day is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. Along with a day of remembrance, it is a time to share with family and friends. Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the gardening and summer seasons, although the official first day of summer is still a few weeks away.

This Memorial Day, I’d like to express my personal gratitude to all those who are or who have served and their families.  I hope everyone has a safe and memorable Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

May Miscellaneous

If you’re into trivia, here are a few fun facts about the month of May. May is National Barbecue Month and Older Americans Month. And, here’s what was happening during this month in History:

May 1, 1883- "Buffalo Bill" Cody's first Wild West Show

May 2, 1963- 3 Martin Luther King Jr. makes his "I Have a Dream" speech

May 7, 1941- Big band leader Glenn Miller records the "Chattanooga Choo Choo"

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday and A Taste of Tragedy

It’s Tuesday and that means a teaser is in order, so here’s A Taste of Tragedy, the second novel in the Risky Research Series. Enjoy!
“Here, let me help you,” Morgan said as she draped Devyn’s arm around her shoulders.
Morgan tried to relieve as much weight as she could from Devyn as she helped her hobble to the waiting vehicle. Once Devyn was seated in the cramped back seat, Morgan dug out her emergency supply bag. She handed Devyn a blanket and a bottle of water. “I have a first aid kit, but I think you need something a little more than a bandage.”
“It’s just a few scratches. I’ll live.”
Morgan could see why Nick trusted Devyn with his back. As she looked at the battered and bruised woman, who had taken off into the desert in the middle of the night in bare feet to prevent a criminal from getting away, she had to admire her. Devyn had to be in extreme pain, yet not a complaint escaped her lips.
“Make room in the back,” Nick huffed.
Morgan looked up to see Nick trudging toward her with an inert man slung over his shoulder. She raced to the tiny back cargo area and moved a few items around so Nick could squeeze the body in the vehicle.
“Is he dead?” Morgan whispered.
“Not quite, but we need to get him medical help A.S.A.P. The bullet didn’t hit any vital organs, but I’m not sure how much damage he suffered from the knock to the head”
Morgan watched as Nick set the man down in the vehicle, and then she joined Devyn in the back seat. Turning around and kneeling, she was able to lean over the seat and assess his injuries. She folded up a handkerchief and placed it over the gunshot wound and applied pressure. She wasn’t sure which was bleeding more, the bullet hole or the bump and cut to the head, but she had to try and slow the blood loss any way she could.
“That’s all we can do for now,” Nick said. “Just keep the pressure on the best you can.”
Morgan nodded as Nick secured the back and then got behind the wheel.
“You okay?” Nick asked as he turned to face Devyn.
“I’ve had better days, but sadly, I’ve had worse.”

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Adventure Scrapbook – Light House at El Morro

The view from the lighthouse atop Castillo San Felipe Del Morro (El Morro) at San Juan National Historic site is simply spectacular.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Calling All Thriller and Adventure Movie Buffs

Seldom will you find me in a movie theater. I’m pretty picky. I like a good comedy, and I love adventure.  But, I’ll pass on any tear-jerker or “feel good” movie, and it takes a special drama to pique my interest.  

I’m tired of remakes and movies based on comic books or 1970’s sitcoms. There are so many great adventure novels out there that I’m always stunned by how un-original the movie line up can be. But the movie forecast has me truly excited for the first time in a very long time.

On July 29, 2016 Jason Bourne will be released. It’s been an eternity since the last Bourne movie with Matt Damon and I’ve undergone severe withdrawals.  The Bourne series is based on thrillers by American novelist Robert Ludlum.

And, the good news continues. Map of Bones by one of my top three favorite authors, James Rollins, is also being made into a movie. I haven’t found a release date, but I’m hoping it’s a huge success. The entire Sigma Force series would make for amazing movies.

I was disappointed that Sahara was the only Clive Cussler book made into a movie, since all of his Dirk Pitt adventures would be great movies.  Maybe someday we’ll see another.

Hopefully the pending release of two movies based on novels by amazing adventure/thriller/suspense authors is the start of a trend and we’ll see more great adventure novels find their way onto the big screen, maybe even one of mine. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Adventure Inspirations – To Experience Nature

“You’ve been so long in the rain, you feel like a dirty dish rag. But despite the misery of your water soaked body, you look around to see verdant leaves dripping with water. The air entering your lungs smells vibrantly clean. To experience adventure, you must be willing to be uncomfortable at times and enjoy the loneliness by being happy with your own singing. A song pops out of your mouth… "It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was fine…”  
- Frosty Wooldridge-

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - A Tiny Taste of Tragedy

What’s Tuesday without a teaser? Just another Tuesday - so here’s a tiny taste of A Taste of Tragedy. Download this novel for just $0.99 from Amazon for your Kindle here. Enjoy!

Nick made his way to the security offices where Devyn said she would be waiting for him.
“Just in time,” she stated as he walked through the door. “We have the footage about ready to roll from all the cameras from every elevator and stairwell leaving the third floor. Unless she’s still on the third floor, we’ll find her.”
Nick watched over Devyn’s shoulder as feeds came up on multiple screens from different cameras. Since the time frame in question was a small window, they quickly narrowed down the search.
“There. Stop it there,” Nick ordered, pointing to the middle screen. “What’s Morgan doing here?”
“I couldn’t get in or out of the car or drive on my own with the sore ribs, so she insisted on bringing me to the hospital. She left when the chaos erupted, so she should be home by now.”
Nick glared at her and then returned his focus to the paused images. “That person, can you zoom in on that one?”
Devyn’s jaw dropped. The hair color and style had changed, but there was no doubt in her mind that the woman in scrubs, two people behind Morgan in the stairwell was Candace Rogers. She turned to Nick, but he already had his phone to his ear and his back to her.
“Pick up, pick up,” he pleaded. “Morgan, call me the second you get this message.”
Devyn had never heard such panic and fear in her partner’s voice. She should have called a cab and tipped the driver extra to help her in and out of the car. She hadn’t intended to put Morgan in danger, but if anything happened to her, Devyn knew Nick would never forgive her. And she would never forgive herself. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Purpose of Life

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life” 

-The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty-

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Audio Book Adventures

Love audiobooks, romantic suspense, and adventure? Three of my novels are now available in audible audio edition on Amazon. I’ve posted the blurbs below and just click on the title to go directly to each book’s page on Amazon. Enjoy!

A Dose of Danger:  When researcher Grace Talbot and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss they are targeted by a group dedicated to controlling the multi-billion dollar a year diet-product industry. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?   

Shrouded In Secrets: The massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts ignite a desperate scramble to locate a deadly group of terrorists. An international team led by the ruggedly handsome, but emotionally scarred CIA agent, Cash Luker, scours the globe in an attempt to keep ahead of those striving to bring thirteen mythical relics together. As Cash’s team closes in on those responsible for the devastation he must conquer past demons in order to save the woman who has captured his heart and prevent destruction of legendary proportions.

Marked in Mexico: An idyllic Caribbean vacation turns deadly when hostages are taken at one of Mexico’s most popular Mayan ruins. The kidnappers believe the abduction will be a simple way to negotiate the release of a colleague from a Texas prison, but matters become complicated and the stakes much higher when they realize one of their hostages is the daughter of a powerful U.S. Senator and another is an ex-Army Ranger who has no intention of playing by the rules. After a daring escape the Senator’s daughter, Jessica, and the ex-Ranger, Jack, must endure a terrifying manhunt and a desperate fight for survival. While trying to stay alive in the unforgiving jungle they forge a bond that will last a lifetime and find love neither wanted, but were unable to avoid. 

Adventure Inspirations – Explore, Dream, Discover

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

 - Mark Twain- 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Another Taste of Tragedy

Enjoy another Teaser Tuesday post from A Taste of Tragedy

“Are we looking for someone who is trying to steal the products and procedures and eventually introduce them to the market as their own? Or do we think someone wants to keep the products out of production and off the market?” one of the other agents asked.
“We’re not sure. Either way, someone is apparently trying to manipulate the forty to one hundred billion dollar-a-year diet product industry in the U.S., which would obviously impact other developed countries around the world as well.”
Devyn returned to her chair and took a long gulp of coffee. She scanned the room and could see she had everyone’s attention. Not only had they verified crimes had been committed, rather than just a series of unfortunate accidents, she had given them the link binding the crimes and companies together.
“So, all we have to do is find out who wants to make America skinny or keep it fat, and who’s willing to kill for the honor. No problem,” Sacramento sneered.
“It’s more than we’ve had. At least we’re investigating now, and we will be working together and cooperating fully with each other—Dick, is it?”
“I go by Richard.”
A kick in the shin under the table from Nick warned Devyn not to pursue the exchange. Their boss had ordered her to play nice with the other agents, or else. She ground her teeth together and shrugged her shoulders, silently counting to ten for the second time in the last half an hour.

“That’s all we have so far. Until very recently, no one agreed with me that the best and brightest in the scientific world weren’t just a bunch of accident-prone, bumbling oafs and that something far more deadly was at work.”